Goalie Diane Fales saved the Institute of Notre Dame yesterday.
Fales made 14 saves -- several late in the game -- and Debbie Krastel had five goals and an assist to help the Institute of Notre Dame defeat host Park, 9-7, in the AIS Tournament B Division semifinal.
No. 3 seed IND (7-7) advanced to the division final against No. 1 seed Oldfields at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Garrison Forest. Oldfields defeated No. 4 Mercy, 12-10, in the other semifinal yesterday.
This is the Indians' first berth in a division final in the 18 years theschool has played the sport. Oldfields edged IND, 15-13, during the regular season.
No. 2 seed Park finished the season at 7-2.
Fales started hot and never cooled off. She set the tone by stopping a point-blank shot from Jenna Gladstone two minutes into the game. Fales later made three consecutive shots in a 30-second stretch in the first half.
"I felt better today than I did all the other games," said Fales. "I knew we had to put a lot of effort into this game."
Fales helped stop Park's constant attack. The Indians twice opened up three-goal leads, but Park -- behind a five-goal effort ,, from Jayme Gilden -- rallied.
Gilden scored with 7:58 left to cut IND's lead to 8-7. Fales then stopped Gilden's free-position shot with 3:54 left. With just under two minutes left, Fales stopped another Gilden shot from in close.
Fales next stopped a Gladstone free-position shot with 1:09 left. Krastel put away the game with a goal on a free-position shot with 38 seconds left.
"[Fales] had a spectacular game," said Beth Bollinger, who coaches INDwith Suzanne Rossi.
Revenge also was on the minds of the IND players. Park knocked off the Indians in last year's playoffs, and beat them in the regular season last Thursday. This time, Bollinger said the team wanted to keep Park threats Gilden and Gladstone quiet.
And the Indians did. Chrissy Senseney, Christine Weisenborn and Kim Kelly turned in strong efforts on defense. The Indians held Park to two first-half goals.
"I knew we had to tighten our defense," said Bollinger. "We needed to keep them from holding the ball."
When Park scored a 10-7 victory last week, it ate up lots of time holding the ball. IND turned the tables this time, slowing things down for the final eight minutes.
Krastel, Kristen Lewandowski (three goals) and Amy Hoey (one goal, one assist) scored to give the Indians a 3-2 lead at the break.
Krastel dominated play in the second half. She scored 38 seconds into the half before Gilden and Gladstone (one goal, one assist) got consecutive goals to tie it at 4.
With 16:15 left, Krastel cut through several Bruins to score. Just 59 seconds later, she scooped up a loose ball and scored again. And, 49 seconds after that, she fed Lewandowski, who scored for a 7-4 lead with 14:05 left.